384th Bombardment Group (Heavy) in World War II

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Pictures related to the Swanson crew who flew The Joker, serial number 42-97124. My name is Isabelle Engels and I am Belgian. Since 1992, I was part of the organization of Memorial day at Bérismenil, Belgium where there is a B17 monument dedicated in 1984. For 17 years, the US contingent of NATO AWACS were involved in these events. In 1994, I searched and found the Swanson's crew except the family of James H. Young. In May 1995, three veterans and the widow of another one came to celebrate the 51st anniversary of the crash. I wrote a first book in English and in French. Later thanks to Internet, I found so much information that it allowed me to rewrite it completely. The pictures and documents are filed in chronological order. The pictures after a face's picture are related to that person and what he lived after he bailed out. What you see here is the result of 12 years of work. This is my way to say thanks to all allied soldiers who fought and/or died so my country and many others in the world got liberated and live now in peace. Contents of this album courtesy of Isabelle Engels.